After months of learning, researching, planning, and planning again, we're happy to share our most recent Back to School/COVID-19 decisions (available by clicking here
) and even happier to announce that we will be welcoming all of our students back to Maine this Fall. We hope that our Back to School Guide
answers your most pressing questions, but also recognize that there are many details still to share and we plan to be in regular contact with you throughout the summer.
Don’t miss the opportunity to RSVP for our first biweekly Zoom “Town Hall” conversation below, which will help us gather your feedback and answer questions in real-time. You’ll also find some additional information on what to expect this Fall, including new programs and departments that are designed to best meet the interests and needs of our school community.
Zoom Town Hall: Fall 2020
Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 14, we will host our first biweekly Zoom "Town Hall" regarding our most current Back to School/COVID-19 planning from 6-7 p.m. EDT. In order to help us to best understand your questions and concerns so that we can address them during the Town Hall, and in future communications, please complete this short survey
. We hope to see you there!
Meeting ID: 911 4500 3888
Introducing the Diversity, Equity, and Belonging Team
As we continuously strive to build a safe and supportive school community for all of our students, we’re excited to introduce our newly appointed Diversity, Equity, and Belonging (DEB) Co-Coordinators. They have been hard at work this summer planning educational opportunities and programming for the year ahead that will focus on important and timely issues, including race and anti-racism, gender and sexuality, and their many intersections. Currently, the DEB Team is focused on planning and implementing training for the Kents Hill faculty/staff and evaluating current practices within and outside of the classroom. We invite you to learn more about the members of our DEB Team, below:
Lehlabile is originally from South Africa and is a recent graduate of Trinity College, where she spearheaded advocacy work for the international student population. She is excited to work with Kents Hill faculty and students to celebrate multiculturalism while exploring the experience of international students at Kents Hill and beyond.
Brian is the faculty advisor of Kents Hill’s students of color organization, The Group. In addition to creating and delivering community programming related to race and racism in local, regional, and national contexts, he will focus on fostering open lines of communication between faculty and students regarding race and the experience of students of color.
Entering her third year on the Hill, Alexa brings experience with and passion for LGBTQ+ inclusion and gender equity programming to the DEB Team. She will use her experience designing and developing advocacy efforts to empower Kents Hill students to use their voices for positive change.
Key Dates Calendar 2020-21
Since the spring, we have been working hard to understand the impact of COVID-19 on our school community. The calendar below was created based on feedback from all members of our school community and is focused on prioritizing health, safety, consistency, and community. Please keep in mind that this is our most recent plan and it is subject to change as things evolve.
8/27: Student leaders arrive on campus
8/27-29: Student leader training
8/30: New boarding students arrive
8/31: Returning 12th-grade boarding students arrive (new day and boarding student orientation)
9/1: Returning 10th and 11th-grade boarding students arrive (Academic Gap Year and 12th-grade boarding student orientation and continued new student orientation)
9/2: All student orientation (first day for returning day students)
9/3: First day of classes and athletics/activities
9/5-6: Special weekend programming
9/26: Saturday class
10/10: Saturday class
10/17-19: Fall Long Weekend (No classes on Monday, students remain on campus)
10/24: Saturday class
11/14: Saturday class
11/25: Last day of classes for Semester 1
11/26-29: Thanksgiving Break (*Students will have the option to either stay on campus over Thanksgiving Break and participate in their academic review, assessment, and reflection in-person OR can choose to go home for Thanksgiving Break (leaving after classes on Wednesday, November 25) and participate in their academic review, assessment, and reflection remotely. )
11/30-12/3: Final assessment study period and skills review
12/4-10: Final assessment and reflection period
12/10: Semester 1 ends
12/11: Winter Break travel day
1/4: Academic Gap Year, 12th, and 11th-grade boarding students return to campus
1/5: 10th and 9th-grade boarding students return to campus
1/6-8: Special programming
1/11: Academic classes resume and Semester 2 begins
1/30: Saturday class
2/6-8: Winter Long Weekend (No classes on Monday, students remain on campus)
2/13: Saturday class
2/26: Spring Break travel day
3/22: All boarding students return to campus
3/23: Academic classes resume
3/27: Saturday class
4/10: Saturday class
4/24-26: Spring Long Weekend
5/1: Saturday class
5/7: Last day of classes
5/10-14: Final assessment study period and skills review
5/17: Advisor Day
5/18-21: Final assessment and reflection period
5/24-28: Community Engagement in Action
Fall Activity Highlight: Performing Arts Showcase
Think of this afternoon activity as a "student-directed buffet" for creativity and expression. Students will have the opportunity to create projects and performances based on their individual and collective interests that could include dance, music, acting, improv comedy, playwriting, and more.
We are happy to share that Lehlabile Davhana, a Trinity College Theatre and Dance Program graduate, will be joining us as the activity leader. Lehabile brings a wealth of passion and knowledge with experience in acting, playwriting, stage lighting design, and multiple forms of dance including South African traditional dance.
Reminders from the College Counseling Office
Even when Kents Hill students are away, our College Counseling Office is available as a resource, guide, and source of feedback. Gretchen Bergill, Director of College Counseling, is happy to review drafts of the Common Application, provide feedback on essay drafts, advise on individual college lists, and answer questions about course selection and testing plans. Students and their parents are welcome to email her to set up an appointment at email@example.com
Seniors and Juniors should keep in mind that PSAT and SAT testing will be offered in October and that the Method Test Prep account can be used to prepare for both exams. We are working to secure an ACT testing date for students as well, and details will be shared with families as soon as they are confirmed!